Where did you grow up and was reading and writing a part of your life?Who were your earliest influences and why?
I grew up in Los Angeles and, like all of us, reading and writing was a big part of our education. I remember my first attempt at creative writing was in high schooland, without an original thought at the time since it was a spontaneous exerciseby the prof, I grabbed a plot line from a story we had all read some monthsbefore, and was promptly chastised by my classmates for doing such. Myteacher said as much later, but did tell me I had put the words together well, so Iwas encouraged. My earliest influences, meaning to me who I enjoyed readingearliest and liked, were Hemingway, Salinger, Eugene Burdick, Kerouac.
Why do you write?
I write because I like to eat, at least eat reasonably. I’m basically talking aboutmy advertising writing now, which I have done for the past 35+ years. I writebooks because I enjoy the experience: coming up with a storyline, then seeingwhere it takes me and sticking with it. It’s like running a marathon. It’s not goingto go quickly, because there is a process. A writer must be committed for theduration. But at the finish, the reward is there.
Briefly discuss your new book RED HAND.
I was a history major in college so that is where my interests lie. As for a brief summary of the contents, I will now plagiarize from the back cover.Beginning inthe 1870's, Red Hand is a vivid and moving tale of a half white, half Sioux boywhose white father was killed when he was an infant. It is only after he becomesa young man that he resolves to go on a quest in search of his white heritage.His travels take him half way across the eastern U.S. — to a penitentiary inFlorida, the Bowery in New York, the Ohio valley as well as spiritual journeys of introspection until his peace of mind is resolved, at last, a century later.
Who is Red Hand?
To expand a bit about who exactly Red Hand is, I would say he a seeker of knowledge, spiritual in nature, a person of great integrity, strength, empathy andforgiveness. Most of all, maybe, a survivor.
What makes RED HAND stand out from other historical fiction books thatare on the bookshelves?
I think just the subject matter itself. Historical fiction is pretty broad. If someonelikes that period of American history from the 1870’s to the 1970’s, involvingNative Americans, sports, action, adventure and a bit of romance here and there,this just may be the book for them.